AARP Ohio Volunteers and Staff Head to Washington to Push Robust Agenda on Family Caregiving, Social Security
Today I joined volunteers and staff from Ohio headed to Washington to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregiving and Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, we carried these crucial asks:
In conjunction with the White House’s 2015 Conference on Aging, AARP Montana is hosting a Conference Watch Party and Listening Session in Helena to listen, learn, dialogue, and share what is important for people 50-plus. The 2015 Conference aims to embrace the transformative demographic shift occurring in the United States and recognize the possibilities of aging, and will be live streamed. Helena residents will be able to field questions into the conference through social media. Participants will also discuss and share the needs of people 50-plus in Helena and around Montana.
Honoring the sacrifices our military men and women made to keep our country free should extend far beyond the few hours we spend each year on salutes, tributes and speeches on Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
Before you go to the polls for the 2014 Washington, DC Mayoral election, take a look at videos where the candidates respond to issues of importance to older residents. On October 9th, AARP DC and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) David A. Clarke School of Law partnered to present a Mayoral Candidate Forum. Muriel Bowser, David Catania and Carol Schwartz, the top three candidates running for Mayor of Washington, DC, responded to five issue topics that included: 1) elder physical abuse and financial fraud, 2) aging in place, 3) the Age-Friendly City Initiative, 4) economic security, and 5) their accomplishments on behalf of DC’s older residents. AARP DC State President Rev. Joseph Williams, Sr. opens the Candidate Forum. Rev. Williams is CEO of Emmaus Services for the Aging and Emmaus Rehabilitation, LLC.
We were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Yeiichi “Kelly” Kuwayama, loyal member of the AARP DC Ward Circle Chapter 2183. He was 96 years-old and is survived by his wife of 51 years, Fumiko, a younger brother, George and sister, Tomi. Kelly attended the most recent Ward Circle Chapter meeting on June 16. His memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, July 15 at 2 p.m. at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. (Washington Post obituary: http://bit.ly/1sRvOUW ) In recent years, Kelly’s chapter members learned that he was a highly decorated veteran of World War II, credited with saving the life of the late Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii during the war.
AARP Connecticut volunteers and staff are visiting Capitol Hill today during Older Americans Month to urge CT's Congressional delegation to back bills, including the Older Americans Act, which can help Americans live their best lives. State Director Nora Duncan and volunteer State President, Laura Green, will make visits to the offices of U.S. Senator Chris Murphy D-CT, and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes and Elizabeth Esty to discuss a variety of issues crucial to older Americans.
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